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Eric Slack


December 17, 2012  11:44 AM

LTO-6 and the LTO Consortium’s roadmap



Posted by: Eric Slack
active archiving, archiving, Eric Slack, LTFS, LTO-5, LTO-6, Storage Channel Pipeline

At Storage Switzerland we get regular briefings from storage vendors releasing new products and updates to existing technologies. Last week we spoke with the LTO Consortium, which has released its latest generation, 6, of the venerable Linear Tape Open standard. From its beginnings as an...

December 10, 2012  10:28 AM

The key to DR solution buy-in may be simpler DR testing



Posted by: Eric Slack
Disaster recovery, disaster recovery planning, disaster recovery testing, Eric Slack, hybrid cloud, Hybrid cloud storage, Storage Channel Pipeline

Disaster recovery protection is about much more than simply putting a second backup appliance offsite and replicating data to it. Real DR requires a comprehensive DR plan, which always features


December 3, 2012  11:59 AM

More on object storage: Lower-tier storage, long-term archive



Posted by: Eric Slack
Eric Slack, object storage, Storage Channel Pipeline

I had the pleasure of going to ExecEvent's first Next-Generation Object Storage Summit last week in Miami. In attendance were a number of the major players in the object storage space -- some well-known companies and some that may...


November 19, 2012  10:46 AM

VARs: Now is the time to learn about the object storage device market



Posted by: Eric Slack
Eric Slack, object storage, Storage Channel Pipeline

Object-based storage devices, or object storage for short, have been around for a number of years. But it’s become a hot topic with the near-endless capacity needs of cloud...


November 5, 2012  11:38 AM

Hybrid cloud DR: Hurricane protection for SMBs



Posted by: Eric Slack
Cloud Services, cloud storage gateways, cloud storage services, Disaster recovery, disaster recovery planning, Eric Slack, hybrid cloud, Hybrid cloud storage, Storage Channel Pipeline

Here we are again after a natural disaster talking about DR. It seems like we do this every few years, starting with 9/11, then Hurricane Katrina and now Hurricane Sandy. Humans are reactive, not proactive, except in terms of the next event. After each of these disasters, there was certainly a...


October 29, 2012  10:42 AM

Big-company storage functionality for smaller companies



Posted by: Eric Slack
clustered NAS, Eric Slack, Overland Storage, Storage Channel Pipeline, Tape storage

Remember Overland Data? Way back in 2000, it was the tape company that was selling a modular tape library (using AIT and DLT drives back then). It was a great story:...


October 15, 2012  9:36 AM

IT management software for the midmarket: Making a hard sell easier



Posted by: Eric Slack
Embotics, Eric Slack, Storage Channel Pipeline, storage resource management (SRM)

Readers of this blog know that I’ve got a special interest in new products, especially those that can open doors for a storage VAR or MSP. Working for an independent reseller myself for a dozen years, I was always on the lookout for products with a high sexiness factor because they got meetings...


October 9, 2012  9:50 AM

DataDirect Networks: 10 years old but maybe new to you



Posted by: Eric Slack
DataDirect Networks, Eric Slack, high performance computing (HPC), object storage, SSD, Storage Channel Pipeline

I went to an analyst event a couple of weeks ago sponsored by a storage company that many in IT may not be aware of despite that the company has been in business for more than 10 years. It is private and has yearly sales of more than $250 million and more than a thousand active customers.


October 1, 2012  9:49 AM

‘Big data’ can be a big deal for VARs



Posted by: Eric Slack
big data, Eric Slack, Storage Channel, Storage Channel Pipeline

I know that "big data" has become one of the darlings of the storage industry, as evidenced by the number of times this term is used in online technical media articles. Storage...


September 17, 2012  11:51 AM

IT devaluation an opportunity for the channel



Posted by: Eric Slack
Eric Slack, reseller channel business development, Storage Channel, Storage Channel Pipeline

I read an article by Gartner recently that talked about the "devaluation of IT." It discussed how over the past 10 years budgets have remained flat but the expectations of management on IT and the requirements to understand and implement solutions involving the cloud, virtualization, mobile...


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